Software Engineer - Backend Geospatial

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About Zipline

Zipline is scaling up drone delivery to make vital medical supplies available on demand to anybody, 7 days a week, regardless of where they live. We design, manufacture, and operate our own fleet of autonomous drones, all the ground-based equipment that supports flight, and numerous cloud services to tie it all together. Today, we fly the equivalent of once around Earth’s equator every day, and about 25 million people in three countries have access to our services. Our mission is to serve all people equally, which requires scaling up to operate in every country around the world.

About You and The Role  

The Spatial Planning Team is responsible for generating pre-planned flight routes that our drones follow to safely navigate from a distribution center to each delivery site. We build and maintain systems for path planning and validation over geographic data aggregated from a variety of sources. We use these tools to measure and manage risk and ensure regulatory compliance in each jurisdiction.

As Zipline grows, the imperatives of scale are driving the development of robust systems that enable distributed teams to manage geographic data around the world. We analyze the accuracy of elevation models, estimate and track the completeness of ground feature datasets, evaluate the impact of new distribution centers, model an evolving regulatory landscape, and keep everything up-to-date as time passes and the world changes around us.

What You'll Do

In this role you will work on a small team responsible for our geodata management tools and the data itself. You’ll work with teammates around the world who are using these tools to establish our operations in new countries, answering questions like where can we fly, who can we serve, and how do we manage risk. As we work to accelerate expansion to serve all people equally, you’ll collaborate with engineers mostly in California to build out an increasingly scalable global system of geodatabases with APIs and User Interfaces on top of it.

Core elements of our stack today include Python, PostGIS, GDAL, Shapely, Flask, React and Cesium JS, and AWS. We also lean heavily on ArcGIS and QGIS.

What You'll Bring
  • Experience shipping and maintaining production software
  • A safety mindset and an understanding of best practices for testing and validating software and data
  • Experience with geographic information systems, geographic data, and the open source ecosystem for geospatial data analysis, for example PostGIS and GDAL
  • Experience building cloud backend software at scale
  • Comfort working with a geographically distributed team, either from our office in South San Francisco or remotely
  • A mindset of customer obsession and an enthusiasm to continuously iterate on your solutions in close collaboration with your users
  • Skills turning complex and vague problems into organized and practical solutions, and then implementing and continuously improving them
  • A commitment to work with your peers with empathy and compassion, enabling the team to develop skills and grow together
  • A unique perspective cultivated by a diversity of life and career experiences that brings an innovative and refreshing spirit to our team.
  • Nice to have: research experience conducting analysis to draw conclusions from incomplete data.
What Else You Need to Know   
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
 
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!
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What are Zipline Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We pretty regularly participate in and host school and community events for STEM and technology. Our teams in Rwanda participate in Umuganda (community volunteering) every month.
Partners with Nonprofits
We work with groups like Black Girls Code, Drone Legends, and Women & Drones to inspire young kids and get their wheels turning about robots from a young age.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We're a pretty quirky bunch, and it's not rare to find our team doing things like having a mechanical boat race on the bay, DJing at our holidays parties, & going to comedy events together.
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Zipline has a compensation philosophy centered around both cash & equity.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
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